Oranges – Still Life

I am back posting at the moment simply because my hip has got worse and walking is now a thing that is getting painful to do. I’m off to see the surgeon on Monday Evening so hopefully I’m not too long before I have another new hip. I’ve already had the right hip replaced back in 2017 and it is marvellous.. I just can’t wait to get the left one operated on.

Mind you things don’t look to hopeful for non-urgent operations here in the UK with Covid being rampant again. But I live in hope that it will get done sooner rather than later.

So now I going through the archives finding a few images to play around with.

Just waiting for a good couple of days to get back in the bedroom and do my still life again. As you can image it is rather painful going up and down stairs and I limit myself to the bare minimum of stair climbing activities I can do in a day; at this precise moment.

So today I’ve been playing with a still life image I took awhile ago.

Oranges in a Box and Vase Still Life Image

Camera Settings

Camera: Canon EOS 70D
EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-6.6 IS STIM

Focal Distance: 35mm
Shutter Speed:
1.0 sec
Adobe Lightroom Classic

In Lightroom

  • Added a Preset I got from ViewBug when I upgraded my account.
  • Added some radial filters to add light.
  • Cropped the image
  • Decreased the Saturation to -31
  • Added some more radial filters to increase light.
  • Copied the settings.
Oranges and Vase Still Life Image

Camera Settings

Camera: Canon EOS 70D
Lens: EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-6.6 IS STIM
F/Number: f/4.5
ISO: 100

Focal Distance: 35mm
Shutter Speed:
2.0 sec
Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom Classic

In Lightroom

  • Pasted settings from previous image – Oranges in a Box and Vase (above)
  • Cropped Image
  • Added a gradient filter to highlight the oranges more
  • Local adjustment to adjust the hue of the oranges and rose.
  • Exported to Photoshop

In Photoshop

  • Added a texture using the Soft Light Blend Mode.
  • Removed the texture from some of the oranges and vase by using a layer mask
  • Added a Hue Saturation Adjustment Layer and clipped it to the texture layer… where I increased the Hue to +19 and lowered the Saturation to -34. Again using a layer mask I removed a little more of this adjustment with a brush set at a very low flow and opacity number.
  • Saved back into Lightroom

Back in Lightroom

  • Added another Preset from Viewbug called 2VBlack Nature
  • Added a couple of radial filters and adjusted the exposure to increase Light
  • Cropped the image.

On another note I thought it might be helpful to my readers if I added the camera settings I used to achieve the still life image.


19 responses to “Oranges – Still Life”

  1. Nicely done !! Getting the first hip done in a few days. No swamps or marshes for a bit so shooting as much as possible now. But being careful… can’t slip out around the gators, might not go well 😂😂😂

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    1. Good Luck… I know when I had mine 3 years ago.. every step to the operating theatre was painful… and the day after it was done, I was a bit sore, but that excruciating pain had totally gone. It was nice to be pain-free. You mind those alligators…. you are a lot braver than me 😀 😀 😀


      1. Thanks for the words of encouragement, good timing since I have spent the day with the ‘pre-op’ work. That alone is a chore.

        I’m hoping my timing is good with the surgery. My photography is all about long walks in marshes and swamps. The next 2 months are the slowest time here, we also have the COVID issue, so might be best time.

        We still have thousands of untouched images so that will keep me busy.

        Thanks again.

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        1. You are welcome… Follow the medical advise for 3 months about not over using your hip, doing your exercises and not going past the 90° and you will be bounding around. It is such a relief when that pain disappears.

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  2. Great images! I like the inclusion of your post processing technique. Good luck with the op!

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    1. Thank you xx.. just hope the waiting list time isn’t too long.

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  3. Beautiful still life! I love the faint warm light on the oranges!

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  4. I like the old painting look you achieved. Fingers crossed for you that you get help with your hip fast.

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    1. Thank you xx… At least on Monday I know that I’ll be on the waiting list xx

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  5. Beautiful light here, Bren. Lovely composition. I’m so sorry you’re in pain and hope you get a new hip soon. Take care.

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  6. Sorry to hear that the hip is sore.. Take Care and at least you have photography.. 😉

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    1. Thank you xx.. thank God I have loads in my archives… Will be glad to get back out again.

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    1. Great images… I like the orange colour too xx


  8. Good image! Yes, let’s hope you get your second hip op soon and all is ok. Adrian 🙂

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    1. Thank you … I had my hip done 8 weeks ago… It is great to be out of pain.

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